Easytrek Bitless Bridles

 

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Easytrek bitless bridles unlike the more western style rope borsal bridles or other webbing bitless bridles on the market etc have a conventional and traditional look, they are made of durable good quality soft, supple leather. It is very hard to tell from a distance that you are not riding in a conventional bitted bridle. These bridles are more readily accepted in performance events (except dressage, where only bitted bridles are ‘legal’) but we are sure this is only a matter of time.

Horses used to wearing a bit, no matter what age generally readily accept bitless bridles without any specialised training. Some horses may need time to adjust to the feel of the ‘whole head hug’ and to understand direction, particularly young horses so it is always advisable to lunge in the bridle first and then ride in a menage or enclosed area whilst your horse becomes accustomed to the new technique and feeling of freedom without the bit. Generally horses will settle down quickly and respond well. Always ensure that your horse has regular dentistry checks as a bitless bridle can put pressure on the horse's cheeks from sharp points protruding from the teeth, and this could cause discomfort and affect the performance of the horse and bridle.  


The bridle works on the principle of a ‘whole head hug’ action where pressure travels through the reins, along the cross under straps and over the poll. Pressure is evenly and painlessly spread over the whole head as opposed to a bit which applied pressure to the mouth which of course is a very sensitive area. Horses are generally very responsive to the pressure of a bitless bridle because it allows for very clear communication without pain. Whilst over-flexion can occur when a horse is ridden with a heavy hand, it also means that horses that may have leaned or ‘sucked back’ from a bit to avoid pain can be re-schooled to accept very light aids without the need for a bit.

Bit evasion and bit /mouth problems can be caused intentionally or unintentionally. Very often a rider is unaware of the pain and discomfort they can inflict on a horse with a bitted bridle. Novice riders pulling unnecessarily on the reins, being heavy handed  and using your reins for balance rather than your seat. Yanking a horse in the mouth because it keeps jogging/head tossing, or constantly tries to eat the hedge whilst hacking - these are all examples. Not to mention dentistry problems which can often go un noticed/ un treated causing long term mental problems and phobias of the bit.


My own example was of my 14.2 palomino mare Kelly. Not a gentle plod by any means!. Our hack was as usual a circular route and for the first half was a pleasure, gently riding along, admiring the scenery etc. But once past the half way mark, thats when the pleasant walk turned into a jog and the last quarter of the hack was totally unenjoyable. The constant jogging, mixed in with her yanking her head down every 5 - 10 seconds to try and yank the reins free of my hands so that she could trot/canter or even if I allowed it gallop home!. By the time I was home my hands were red raw, my arms ached and I had biceps like you have never seen. So imagine the pain I was causing her mouth by continually fighting and tying to hold her back.

What was the cause of all this ????? The bit of course! Remove the cause of the problem and all is sorted!

Over the years Easytrek bitless bridles have very successfully convinced many horse owners to try this more natural approach to horsemanship. And the success rate of our bridles eliminating these ridiculously easy to solve problems is fantastic.

Our bitless bridles are not expensive as our passion is to provide good quality affordable horseware but our results are second to none. We urge you to give one a try, you owe it to your horse and it is unlikely you will ever go back to a bitted bridle again!